- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1St Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250000165
- ISBN-13: 978-1250000163
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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About the Author
GREG KING is the author of eleven internationally published works of royal and social history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and Edwardian-era royalty, including The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor. A frequent onscreen expert and commentator for historical documentaries, his work has appeared in Majesty Magazine, Royalty Magazine, Royalty Digest, and Atlantis Magazine.
SUE WOOLMANS is a royal historian and writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. With Paul Kulikovsky, great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas II's sister Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, she recently edited the Grand Duchess's memoirs, Twenty-Five Chapters of My Life. She is a sound engineer and lives in London.
Top customer reviews
The writing here is tight, though I will say that at times a bit more detail than I needed, nevertheless I had a hard time putting the book down each night, because the story is so fascinating.
My only real quibble is that this book paints a very positive picture of Sophie, as if she was perfect, it seemed a bit one-sided. Perhaps she wasn't the villian portrayed by the Austrian Royal family but she wasn't a saint.
In light of the 100 year anniversary of the assassination, this is a great book to pick up and read, to familiarize yourself with the event and the cast of players.
The reason this is four stars instead of five for me is probably a small detail to most and not something I would say should stop anyone from picking up this book. Several times, and I do mean several, the authors felt the need to criticize other authors who've written about Archduke Ferdinand over the years. They say others have described Archduke Ferdinand as cheap and cold and difficult and his wife Sophie as someone desperate to become queen. The authors then reveal their evidence which contradicts that view. The issue I have is that they quite frequently point out how wrong other authors are and how right they are. Perhaps it's because I've never read a book on this topic before, but for me I found it irritating after running into the criticism the 10th time. It's unnecessary. The authors can present the evidence and draw their conclusions from that without the need to assail other authors. It's unnecessary and I, frankly, don't care what other authors have written. I'm reading your book. Tell me what you know. If the authors needed to, they could have done it once, maybe twice, to get their point across and then let it go. Instead, it followed the book like a shadow. And at times it came across sycophantic to the descendants of Archduke Ferdinand. I imagine what the archduke and his wife were actually like is somewhere between this book and the ones they criticize.
All that said, it still did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. I would still recommend the read.
There are quite a lot of photographs, which do enhance the read.